The Chinese Murder of Edward Watts by Shelton L. Williams


THE CHINESE MURDER
OF EDWARD WATTS
Covey Jencks Mystery, #3
By Shelton L. Williams


Publish Date: December 8th, 2020
Pages: 233 pages
Categories: Mystery / Humor

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Covey and JayJay travel to China and then return home to deal with shady characters, spies, gangsters, and other tough customers. In an exciting last act, they solve a murder most foul.
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I am a big fan of Texas mysteries and this one certainly makes the list of favorites.  I should start by saying that I went to Austin College, know Shelton Williams, have spent time in both Odessa and Midland and both my Grandfathers were in the oil business.  Unfortunately I have never been to China, although I almost did for a Jan-Term at Austin College with Dr Ware.  I also have to say that it was not until my husband pointed out that the book was written by Shelton Williams that I realized who the author was.  Having said all of this, I am perfectly capable of making a decision on the value and readability of a book on my own without any influence from my past experiences with the author, the school, the oil business or the cities referenced.

Williams is right on target with his insights dealing with West Texas Oil Culture, conservative Odessa and Midland, High School football, etc.  The story is a hoot with some serious issues being put out there for the reader to consider if they choose to look at the issues.  The characters are 3 dimensional and great:  Covey, the lawyer who walks a moral path with a flexible ethics; JayJay the non-stoppable super woman by his side; Edward Watts the typical “my Dad has money and business sense but I do not” character and the Chinese ensemble involved in a plot to develop better energy systems in China.

Filled with wit, fun intelligent characters, great settings (a Texas High School!), cultural clashes and a ghost, this is a must read tall tale of the Texas Oil Business, greed and some good people just trying to do some good things.  I personally hope that there will be more Covey mystery novels!

Shelton L. Williams (Shelly) is founder and president of the Osgood Center for International Studies in Washington, DC. He holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced
International Studies and he taught for nearly 40 years at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He has served in the US Government on four occasions, and he has written books and articles on nuclear proliferation. In 2004 he began a new career of writing books on crime and society. Those books are 
Washed in the Blood, Summer of 66, and now the three books in the Covey Jencks series. All firmly prove that he is still a Texan at heart.


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One thought on “The Chinese Murder of Edward Watts by Shelton L. Williams

  1. I think it always makes a book better when you connect to it, and it sounds like you have loads of connections (and none to apologize for). I absolutely love this series and these characters feel so realistic. I also hope there’s another story in the hopper. Thanks for the post!

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